Primula japonica was plentiful and used to great effect at Chanticleer this weekend.  In colors ranging from a dusky rose to almost white, they lined paths and a stream, were spotted through grass and equisetum meadows, and looked really really awesome.  

It was my first visit to Chanticleer and it made me want to come back and visit again.  The scale of the place and the amount of real gardening happening is wonderful.  I wish I had had more time to spend really looking at what they’re doing and how they do it.  Not to mention see it earlier in the spring - all those camassia that were just finished blooming!


 After the completion of Disney’s “101 Dalmatians” there were two different projects in pre-production as possible follow ups . One was “The Sword in the Stone” developed by Bill Peet, the other one was “Chanticleer” developed by Ken Anderson and Marc Davis. Unfortunately, Walt was forced to pick only one and picked “The Sword in the Stone”. Marc Davis’ concept sketches for Chanticleer, an arrogant rooster who is convinced that his crow makes the sun rise in the morning, were full with personality and charm. Marc himself said that he thought some of his best drawings while working at the studio were for Chanticleer.

This project, as was Don Bluth’s 1990’s film Rock a Doodle, was based on a comedic verse play written by Edmond Rostand in 1910 called Chantecler. All the characters were farm animals and the protagonist was a rooster, also called a chanticleer (metonym).